That a gay man is killed in my country is NOT acceptable!

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27th January 2011 will go down in history as a day when gloves came off for Lesbians and Gays in Uganda. For this is the day that David Kato a gay activist in Uganda lost his life on the hands of homophobic Ugandans.

DAVID KATO-

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The issue of homosexuality has risen on the agenda in many African countries in the recent years, last year we heard about prosecutions in Malawi and Uganda’s proposed anti-gay bill in parliament but I never imagined that it would lead to the death of a human being.

Such was the shock amongst some Ugandans that one journalist @kasujja said this on Twitter

#DavidKato that a gay man is killed in my country is NOT acceptable. That mindless violence must be resisted by all Ugandans

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The investigation into David Kato’s death is supposedly under way but I very much doubt that anything will come of it. The Police have already put forward a theory that this is was a random killing and that there had been an increase in killings of this nature(using iron bars) and yes to be fair to the Police this is true to a certain extent as there was an appeal from the Police  to that effect whilst I was in Uganda  (23/11/10 to 10/1/2011).

This will make it near impossible for them to work out out whether this was a deliberate killing or a random attack after all this man as well 99 others had been outed as a gay man by The Rolling Stone newspaper who called for the hanging of Gay men  and had jsut won a high court judgment against the paper

Here in UK a Ugandan woman who fled Uganda in 2003 because of her sexual orientation has won a temporary reprieve

Questions

Where do we go from here?

Is this going to become the norm in Africa

What is the role of American Christian Democrats in all this?

The world has moved on, I grew up in a Uganda where I was not aware of of same sexual relationships and the first gay man I came across was my landlord in Fulham , should gay people in Uganda return to those days or is it best that they come out and be proud?

What about you as an African? What are your view about homosexuality?  And I mean REALLY!

over to you folks but in the words of @kasujja not in my name please

IdaHorner

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Ida is the managing Editor of AFRICA ON THE BLOG and by day she is a Community Development Consultant. She is the Founder of Ethnic Supplies a social enterprise working to alleviate poverty amongst East African women involved in textile and handicraft production as well as the Chair person of a community Development charity LET THEM HELP THEMSELVES OUT OF POVERTY. Get in touch @idahorner
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  1. says

    I was honored and fortunate to meet David together with other gay supporters at the AIDS2010 where Yvonne Chaka Chaka was supporting their cause. I am devastated and annoyed that people can be so intolerant. There is a lot of work to be done. Awareness programs, lobby work, role models are required to support African homosexuals and Lesbians in daring work which they are doing. We need to campaign against violence, promote dialogue.
    My sincere condolences to the family of David Kato and may his cause continue many more years after.

    • Anonymous says

      It is a terrible shame! I didn’t know this young man but the injustice of it all tears at my heart strings

  2. Sadia says

    The scary thing is I am so sure over the years many have come to a similar fate in so many African countries that we do not know about.
    No one deserves to die due to intolerance. I have always stood firm that one’s sexuality should never be a reason for discrimination. I do not think who you fall in love with or have sex with should ever affect how you are viewed,

    I am sure that if it was appropriate and the practices of some heterosexual couples in private was made known it would be make some people’s skin crawl! This though does not mean they are or should be discriminated against!

    I am sure there will be a lot of reasons religiously that can be quoted but as usual I will struggle to find the message of tolerance, love and acceptance that is really meant to be the core of religion, irrespective what that religion is about.

    General tolerance and acceptance is an issue with Africa (in my experience) and we underestimate how that holds us back as a people. Sometimes takes focus off the important issues which will actually help us progress in right direction. If it is not sexuality, it is gender, tribal, religion etc.
    If you look at the West, yes, these problem exist but in no way to take their eye of the ball into making themselves viable nations.

    • Anonymous says

      I agree with you entirely, we also have a tendency to hold on to culture that does not serve us whatever. In this instance I am entirely convinced that the evangelists from America have a lot to answer for!

    • Anonymous says

      I have a theory about this type of Christian- they leave their faith/religion/God in the building in which they worship.When that happens they fail to be human when it matters. I could be wrong here of course but that the only rational thing that I can think of that leads people of faith to behave this way

  3. fifi says

    i’m from Uganda and live in Uganda.i happened to be in the country when the Kato’s death was reported.Well im lucky to have gone to school in SouthAfrica,capetown where it happens to be more open minded and i happen to have gay friends.Unfortunately Uganda is a very traditional society and is very very far from accepting other sexual orientations.However in David kato’s case was different(in my view).David Kato happened to live in mukono district where for the past 1 month there have been random robbery murders(kato might have been one of them) besides that the current murder suspects were close associates of David.However,if David’s death is due to homophobia,its really sad and hopefully he is in a better place.

    • Anonymous says

      The sad truth of the matter is that we will never know the truth behind this. Yes that particular districts did suffer an increase in this type of crime this will make it near impossible for the Police to get to the truth. The fact that Uganda has threatened to pass draconian laws against gay people does not help this situation and the Police will struggle to come out as a credible force/voice!

  4. Mbuyacharity says

    When will people ever take facts at their face value especially when they concern contentious people?. Is it impossible for a gay person to be murdered in the same way many other unfortunate people have been murdered in Mukono, by iron bar killers? That kind of killing had been rampant and many cases reproted almost on a weekly basis way back before the killing of David Kato. Dont majorities have rights Ida? When you heard the police appeal about that kind of killing in Uganda my sister, why didn’t you voice your concern through this good medium for those many people that had been killed. Your wild allegations that David Kato lost his life at the hands of hormobhobic Ugandans is to say the least unfair, misleading, blind and smells of double standards givent the fact that David Kato was killed in the area where this killing originated and was still rampant. While homosexuality is not acceptable and is against the law in Uganda, Ugandans are very tolerant people who mind their own business and have not time as to hatch such muder of perverted beings. You owe Uganda Police an apology to internationaly discredit their investigations even before they are concluded. Mind how such outrageous allegations and especially when they come from a daugghter of the soil can be detrimental to the country. Mukama atusaasire!

    Jolly

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